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Ivy League Shuts Fall Athletics, Stanford Permanently Cancels 11 Sports, Ohio State/N.Carolina Pause Workouts, NFL Allows Opt Out

COLLEGE SPORTS

The Ivy League announced it is shutting down all athletics this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic. There is no decision yet on what the “Power Five” schools will do, especially considering these schools generate significant football revenue. The Power Five consists of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, Pac-12 Conference, and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). For comparison, in 2019 the Ivy League generated approximately $30 million in football revenue, while the Big Ten generated $1 billion in revenue.

Stanford University announced it is permanently cutting 11 of its 36 varsity sports due to COVID-19 related deficits. The sports affected are field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, squash, co-ed and women’s sailing, men’s and women’s fencing, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball, and wrestling.

Ohio State will pause all voluntary athletic workouts (including football) due to many athletes testing positive for COVID-19. North Carolina also paused voluntary football workouts when 37 COVID-19 tests came back positive.

NFL

The NFL and NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) agreed to allow players to sit out the 2020 season if they have concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Federer Tops List Of Highest Paid Athletes, MLS Return On June 24th, WNBA In Vegas Or Florida

TENNIS

According to Forbes magazine, tennis star Roger Federer landed at #1 in the list of the 100 highest-paid athletes with a $106 million in pre-tax earnings. Soccer phenoms Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi came in 2nd and 3rd. Federer (thanks to his deals with Credit Suisse, Mercedez-Benz, Uniqlo, and others) is the first tennis player in the 30-year history of the rankings to have made it to the top spot. Two women (Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams) made the list this year coming in at #29 and #33 respectively.

SOCCER

Major League Soccer announced a possible return on June 24th with a tournament at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

BASKETBALL

If the WNBA returns this year, they plan to hold games at one location. The MGM Resorts in Las Vegas and the IMG Academy in Florida have been floated as possible venues.

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The Nation Expresses Anger And Pain

The entire nation is focused on the horrendous death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for over 8 minutes. Many members of the sports world have come out with statements protesting police brutality and racism. Michael Jordan tweeted, “I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough. I don’t have the answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others. We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality. We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability. Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our vote to create systemic change. Every one of us needs to be part of the solution, and we must work together to ensure justice for all.”

 

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March Madness Canceled, Cuban & Love Financial Support To Workers Displaced

CORONAVIRUS

A day after the NBA and NHL suspended their seasons, the NCAA completely canceled its men’s and women’s Division I basketball tournament. March Madness has become one of the biggest sporting events in the U.S, captivating the nation with great competition and cinderella stories.

In the NBA, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he “reached out to the folks at the arena and the folks at the Mavs to find out what it would cost to financially support people who are unable to come to work.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love also stepped up and pledged $100,000 to aid arena workers displaced by the league’s suspension of games. He told ESPN, “My hope is that others will step up!!”

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Lamar Jackson Sets Record, Brady Vs Lamar On Rollerblades, Former Commish David Stern Suffers Brain Hemorrhage

FOOTBALL

The Baltimore Ravens routed the New York Jets to clinch the AFC North. Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson rushed for 86 yards and set the single season record for a quarterback rushing. Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady issued a challenge to Jackson via social media saying he’d take him on in the 40-yard dash, but with a few qualifications. “Me vs Lamar, 40 Yard Dash on natural grass but he has to wear rollerblades. Who’s buying the PPV?” Brady tweeted. With 1,103 rushing yards, Jackson has rushed for more yards in one season than Brady has in his entire career. Ravens 42, Jets 13

BASKETBALL

Former commissioner of the NBA David Stern suffered a brain hemorrhage on Thursday and was admitted to a New York hospital for emergency surgery. Stern served as commissioner from 1984-2014. Stern is legendary in the basketball world for re-shaping the league into the major global brand it is today. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014. Thoughts and prayers for a full recovery.

 

 

 

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DeMarcus Cousins Torn ACL, Bryce Harper’s Walkoff Grand slam

BASKETBALL

Former Golden State Warrior and current LA Laker, DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn ACL injury that could cause him to miss most if not all of next season. The four-time NBA All-Star missed most of last season with the Warriors due to an Achilles tear and quad injury.

BASEBALL

The biggest story in Major League Baseball yesterday was the Chicago Cubs meltdown, and the Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper hitting a walkoff grand slam to give the Phillies a comeback win from a deficit of 5-1. According to the stats, the Cubs had a 99.4 percent chance of winning the game before the Phillies clawed their way back.

 

 

 

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Alex Morgan And Giannis Antetokounmpo Win Best Athletes At ESPY Awards

ESPY’S

On Wednesday night athletes celebrated the best in sports with the 27th annual ESPY awards. Comedian Tracy Morgan hosted the awards show but got slammed by critics for his opening monologue where they felt he spent too much time talking about his settlement from Walmart after his car accident five years ago. As for the awards, the best female athlete went to U.S. Women’s National Team’s Alex Morgan, and best male athlete went to Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo. New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley won the best breakthrough athlete and Duke’s Zion Williamson won best college athlete. For all the other awards, click here.

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Jeopardy Phenom Finally Loses, Kawhi’s Lawsuit Against Nike

JEOPARDY

Jeopardy phenom James Holzhauer’s run is finally over. On Monday night, Holzhauer answered his Final Jeopardy question correctly but didn’t wage enough money and lost to Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher. Holzhauer explained his strategy, “I knew I could only win if Emma missed Final Jeopardy, as there was no way she wouldn’t bet to cover my all-in bet. So my only concern was getting overtaken by third place, and I bet just enough to make sure of locking him out. Betting big would have looked good for the cameras, but now I turn my straight bet (Emma misses) into a parlay (Emma misses and I get it right).”

BASKETBALL

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard recently filed a lawsuit against Nike. He is claiming the company committed fraud by using a logo Leonard designed (called “Klaw”), falsely taking credit for the design, and applying for copyright registration. Leonard’s endorsement deal with Nike expired at the end of September 2018. He is now currently working with New Balance. Kawhi is currently in California preparing for Wednesday’s game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

 

 

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Warriors Take Game 2, Durant Out For Series, Bruins Advance To Stanley Cup

BASKETBALL

The Golden State Warriors came back strong to erase a 15-point deficit and beat the Portland Trail Blazers in game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Steph Curry scored 37 points while battling it out with his little brother, Portland guard Seth Curry. The parents of Steph and Seth, Dell and Sonya Curry, have been wearing alternate Trail Blazer and Warrior jerseys to each game so as not to play favorites. The Warriors are up 2-0 with game 3 on Saturday night in Portland. Golden State 114, Portland 111

Golden State’s Kevin Durant will likely miss games 3 and 4 of the series due to a strained calf, but could return by the Finals if the Warriors advance.

HOCKEY

In the NHL playoffs, the Boston Bruins advance to the Stanley Cup by sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes. This will be their third trip to the finals since 2011. The Bruins will take on either the San Jose Sharks or the St. Louis Blues. The Sharks lead the series 2-1.

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Tennis Price Fixing, Murray May Retire, Divisional Round Schedule, Tebow Engaged To Miss Universe

TENNIS

Spanish police have arrested 15 people so far, including some professional tennis players,  over a price fixing scheme linked to an Armenian ring. According to the authorities, players took bribes from the Armenian group in exchange for fixing the results of their matches.

In advance of the upcoming Australian Open, former US Open and Wimbledon Champ, Andy Murray announced he might be retiring after the tournament. At 31 years old, Murray has suffered from hip issues and had hip surgery last January. Murray’s retirement will be a big blow to the sport as he, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the main draws in men’s tennis.

FOOTBALL

Here’s the schedule for the NFL divisional round playoffs this weekend (all times EST):

Saturday: 4:35 pm-Indianapolis Colts vs Kansas City Chiefs

Saturday: 8:15 pm-Dallas vs Los Angeles Rams

Sunday: 1:05 pm-Los Angeles Chargers vs New England Patriots

Sunday: 4:40 pm-Philadelphia Eagles vs New Orleans Saints

 

FOOTBALL/BASEBALL

Tim Tebow, former Heisman trophy winner, NFL player with the Broncos and Jets and currently in the NY Mets farm system, is recently engaged to Miss Universe 2017, DemiLeigh NelPeters from South Africa.

 

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